Introduction: Easy Ways to Make Puzzle
Is a fun activity and good exercise for the brain. Making your own puzzles will be even more fun and add a whole new flavor to the activity! Puzzles that you make yourself can also make wonderful gifts that you can customize and personalize for the special people in your life. Depending on the tools available, you can make a traditional wooden puzzle or a simple cardboard puzzle. No matter what type of puzzle you create, your friends and family members will love playing it!
. Print photos to be used as puzzle images
. Cardboard or plywood for the puzzle base
. Spray varnish
If you are using cardboard, you will need scissors or a craft knife. If you are choosing plywood, you will need a coping saw (hand saw for complex shapes) or a scroll saw, electric saw or a proper pedal saw to form complex curves.
. Liquid glue or spray glue are best because they can be used for a variety of materials and won't damage your photos.
. If you are using a photo for a puzzle image, make sure you are looking for a varnish that is safe for the photo.
Step 1: Choose an Image or Design.
You can print photos to use as puzzle drawings.
Draw pictures, or even use cards, posters, or any printed image. If you are using a photo, choose a photo with a high resolution, and print it based on the size of the puzzle that you are going to make. Print it yourself or print it at a photo printing shop according to the specifications you want. If you want to use an image that you created yourself, choose high-quality paper and a size that matches the size of the puzzle you are making. Using the media, you prefer, draw or paint objects directly on the paper.
. You can also make puzzle images using a computer and print them like photos.
Step 2: Choose a Puzzle Mat.
Plywood is more durable and traditional.
Choose plywood if you have a saw and can use it well. Cutting puzzles requires precision and experience. You can also use good quality cardboard as the base for the puzzle. The cardboard will be easier to handle and can be cut with scissors. Craft cartons can be purchased at craft stores.
. The ideal thickness of the base, cardboard or plywood, is 0.3 cm.
. Find a base that is almost the same size as the puzzle image so that you don't waste too much of it.
. You can use old cardboard for the base of the puzzle, but make sure the cardboard is clean, undamaged, and flat. Thin cardboard boxes such as cereal boxes work fine for simple puzzles, but thick cardboard is preferable.
Step 3: Glue the Image on the Base.
Lay the base on wax paper or parchment paper to protect the bottom of the base.
Turn the base. Spray or apply glue to the base and spread it over the entire surface. Glue the image on the base. Use your finger to slide it until the image is straight and centered. Press the image evenly using a roller or a credit card so that the glue sticks perfectly and there are no air bubbles.
Let the glue dry. Glue has different drying times, but let the puzzle sit for a few hours if possible.
Step 4: Varnish Your Image.
Take the puzzle outside or to a well-ventilated area.
Place it back on the wax paper or parchment. Spray varnish on the image. Read the can to see how long it will take for the varnish to dry and allow the drawing to dry.
Step 5: Cut the Outline of the Puzzle.
If the puzzle image is smaller than the base.
Cut off the sides of the base. If the puzzle is made of cardboard, use scissors or place the puzzle on a cutting mat and use a knife. If you are making a wooden puzzle, use a saw to cut the sides of the base so that the base is the same shape and size as the picture.
. If you are using a hand saw, place most of the body of the puzzle on a hard, flat surface (such as a table). Position the part you will cut to hang outside the table. Press the puzzle so that it doesn't slide with one hand and use the other hand to hold the saw and cut.
Step 6: Make Boxes.
Turn the puzzle over and position the image at the bottom.
Use a ruler to mark and draw squares that are 1.9 cm (for smaller puzzle pieces) or 2.54 cm (for larger pieces).
If you don't want to draw a puzzle piece pattern, you can print the puzzle piece patterns from websites, like Tim's Printables, and to increase your stamina and concentration, I suggest you look for Maeng Da Kratom.
Step 7: Draw a Puzzle Pattern.
To make puzzle pieces.
Start adding a circle and socket (concave and convex semicircle) on the sides of the box so that the puzzle pieces will fit perfectly together when the puzzle has been cut.
You can also choose the shape of inverted and protruding triangles, squares, or other shapes, If you are using a printed pattern, stick it to the back of the puzzle and let it dry.
Step 8: Cut the Puzzle.
If the puzzle is made of cardboard.
Follow the pattern you made on the back of the puzzle and use scissors to cut it. Or, if you are using a knife, place the puzzle face down on the cutting mat and cut carefully. You can also use a saw. Be careful so you don't get hurt. When you've cut out the entire section, erase the rest of the pattern image.
. To make things easier, don't chop them individually. Cut entire rows or columns at once first. After that, cut one by one.
. The varnish will protect the image from damage when you cut the puzzle and the function of this varnish is very important if you use a saw.
Be creative when choosing puzzle pictures! You can make any puzzle you like.
You can choose any shape you like, and for skilled craftsmen, try to make a puzzle with a shape that represents a puzzle image (for example, a puzzle with a clown and shaped like a clown).